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  • n. Plural form of heaving.


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  • I prefer scenes with extended foreplay and think the idea of 'heavings' and 'throbbings' is best left to individual imagination.

    Let's Do It Like They Do On The Discovery Channel

  • He chose as the party's epitaph a statement from a Massachusetts senator, Rufus Choate: "Any thing more low, obscene and feculent the manifold heavings of history have not cast up."

    Martin Nolan: Arizona for Arizonans, Now!

  • There were convulsive heavings of the sphere and it rolled over and over in the huge cavity of a mouth, battering its two occupants against bunks, instrument tables and walls.

    "Undersea Prisoner" by Harl Vincent, part 2

  • Go to, and post your political heavings there.

    Memorial Day 2009 – The Bleat.

  • But what tumultuous heavings were within her breast! no wonder that a mother guessed them.

    Modeste Mignon

  • Memories of that Savak instructional film tell me, indelibly, what the videos would have looked like: the torturers calmly pouring water over the cloth covering the victims 'faces, the frenzied chest-heavings as the bodies went into shock, the gasping and retching as each session ended.

    Watching Torture

  • ‘The miserable vanity of these earth – worms!’ she said, when she had so far controlled the angry heavings of her breast, that she could trust herself to speak.

    David Copperfield

  • Even while he whistles his impetuosity away with the national anthem, some involuntary shakings of his head and heavings of his chest still linger behind, not to mention an occasional hasty adjustment with both hands of his open shirt – collar, as if it were scarcely open enough to prevent his being troubled by a choking sensation.

    Bleak House

  • She took notice of them — Why these sighs, why these heavings here? said she, patting my neck — O my dear Niece, who would have thought so much natural sweetness could be so very unpersuadable?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Whether are these billowy heavings owing more to love or to fear?

    Clarissa Harlowe


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